2015 Eugene Kanaga Award Winner
University of Guelph
SETAC volunteers donate their time and energy to growing membership by improving member services and providing leadership in elected and mentor roles. The Eugene Kenaga Membership Award was established to recognize a member that has shown long-term dedication to cultivating a strong and active membership. Paul Sibley, the awardee for the 2015 Eugene Kenaga SETAC Membership Award, has earned this through his tireless contributions to SETAC since joining in 1988.
Letters of support for Paul outlined his influence on numerous students, graduate students and post-graduate researchers, his commitment to the mentorship programs offered at both regional and national meetings, and his willingness to run for elected positions within the society – serving as vice president, president and past-president on the SETAC North America Board of Directors from 2007-2009. What stood out against a slate of equally impressive candidates was his willingness to tackle necessary but unglamorous tasks, such as updating by-laws and other governing documents. His leadership shepherded organizational challenges that came with unifying finances, the growing pains of geographic expansion, and the changes a new executive director and world council roles brought about.
Fortunately for SETAC, he did not fade into the shadows following his tenure on the board of directors. At the national level, Paul continues to participate on the membership committee, serving as chair for three years and acts as mentor through the SETAC student careers program. His enthusiasm for SETAC and its offerings have also led him to contribute heavily to sessions at numerous SETAC annual meetings and workshops. Paul also serves as an editor, top reviewer and author for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Regionally, Paul is a fixture at the monthly local chapter dinner meetings, and encourages his students to participate in the Laurentian Chapter annual meeting.